Dr. Harvey Robbins

By harveyrobbins | August 13, 2015

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Leadership Skill: The Vision Thing

By harveyrobbins | September 23, 2015

man_birds.jpgI’ve got some good news and some bad. The bad news is that we’re lost. The good news is that we’re making great time.

The point of this old saw is that team talent, efficiency, intelligence, and clout are pretty useless unless the team has some clue where it is going and how it is to contribute to the organization’s overall strategy for success. Read the rest of this entry »

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Management Skills: Management and Leadership

By harveyrobbins | September 20, 2015

paperdolls.jpgThere is a difference between management and leadership. Management is a science, whereas leadership is closer to an art. Management is about the how of doing things, whereas leadership is subtler and has to do with the why.

The last thing I want to do is disparage management science. The truth is, one cannot be even a passable leader without management competence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Change Management: Human Speedbumps to Change

By harveyrobbins | September 18, 2015

speedbumps.jpgThe most constant factor in each of our lives is change.  At work, at home, at play, daily transitions occur that make things different.  Some variations are large and significant; most are small and simply intrude upon our daily routine.  In order to understand our reaction to change, Read the rest of this entry »

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Leadership Skills: The Myth of Leadership

By harveyrobbins | September 16, 2015

myth.jpgLeadership is the vessel for many of the worst team myths, for a logical reason. As keepers of the team vision, leaders make up a lot of stuff. Here are some of the worst illusions foisted on us by leaders about leadership

1. Teams require a single individual to lead them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leadership Skill: Empowerment Uncertainties

By harveyrobbins | September 15, 2015

empowerment.jpgBetween the subjects of goal setting and decision making is an enormous crevasse, into which teams fall, then fester and stink up the joint. This is the area of boundary management – or in the case of team failure, mismanagement. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leadership Skill: Get a Personality

By harveyrobbins | September 10, 2015

personality.jpgThere are lots of ways to lead. The best way is to try to lead in a way that takes advantage of your natural personality. In other words, don’t be what you ain’t. Learning how others behave, how they think, what they focus on and find important, however, will make you a better leader. Read the rest of this entry »

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Team Building Activity: Creating a Teaming Environment

By harveyrobbins | August 23, 2015

businessteam_two.jpgOrganizations seeking the collaborative spirit of teams without the structural upheavals should consider attacking their existing non-collaborative culture hammer and tongs.

The way to create a collaborative atmosphere or “teaming environment” is neither mysterious nor expensive.  You begin by sending a simple but unmistakable signal through the organization: you stop rewarding destructive, competitive, one-up behaviors, and you start rewarding group minded behaviors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leadership Skill: Rebalancing the Stress Load

By harveyrobbins | August 22, 2015

rebalancing.jpgThere used to be only two schools of thought about increasing groups’ acceptance of change: Pummel and Pamper. Pummel’s attitude about what workers were feeling was basically: Who cares? Pamper went to the opposite extreme, taking responsibility for everything happening in the individual worker’s head. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leadership Skill : Find a Culture You Like and Copy     It

By harveyrobbins | August 19, 2015

culture.jpgI frequently get calls asking about organizational culture. These questions usually arise from either a real or imagined crises resulting from some form of merger or acquisition. Whether between departments merging within a shrinking company or between companies joining forces, the issues are similar. Shouts of “I want everyone to be singing from the same page!” are heard echoing down executive corridors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leadership Skill: The Accidental Partner

By harveyrobbins | August 18, 2015

accidental.jpgThe economy has stalled. Smaller companies are either being gobbled up or cobbled down. Larger companies are undergoing the largest merger-fest in U.S. history in order to stay globally competitive. Business strategies have been painfully twisted and squeezed to bolster the bottom lines of too many companies with too few customers. The result of all this chaos is a shifting of resources. Hundreds of thousands of people are finding themselves in new roles with new responsibilities in new or reorganized organizations. Those who have managed to survive the draining of human resources often find little time to grieve for lost coworkers. For now there is as much (or more) work to get done with fewer people. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leadership Skill #3: How to Set Expectations

By harveyrobbins | August 13, 2015

barchart.jpgSetting Expectations:  Before you, as a leader, can hold people accountable for outcomes, you have to let them know what success looks like and what you     expect to see as a result of their efforts.  This sound bite gives insights into the reason for the need to set the bar high, when to set them (progress checkpoints), what happens when you don’t set expectations, and how to keep them “real”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leadership Skill #2: How to Motivate Others

By harveyrobbins | August 13, 2015

files.jpgMotivation:  You don’t have to do cartwheels down the hallway or have pom-poms hanging in your office to motivate people to get the outcomes you want.  This sound bite gives you a quick and easy strategy to use to get people motivated “internally”.  Hint:  remember all those “to do” lists you complain about…but do? Read the rest of this entry »

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Leadership Skill #1: How to Hold People Accountable

By harveyrobbins | August 13, 2015

successkey1.jpgAccountability:  One of the issues I hear about regularly from people in leadership roles is “how do I hold people accountable for outcomes”.  This sound bite gives you an explanation for the two reasons people don’t do things and how to hold their feet to the fire to get the outcomes you require. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leadership Skill: Distrust

By harveyrobbins | August 6, 2015

conflict.jpgThe very best way to repair a broken bond of trust is to not let it break in the first place. If that is no longer an option, you have a long road ahead of you, winning people back to your confidence. The only way I know is to keep slogging. Tell the truth. Keep your promises. Be reliable. Rebuild your account using regular small deposits. It may take years of faithful, timely payments. Read the rest of this entry »

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